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Shawn Fitzgerald

Shawn Fitzgerald is Vice President of Marketing at Thomas. He is responsible for leading all marketing efforts for the Thomas family of companies, including THOMASNET.com, Thomas Marketing and Thomas Enterprise.

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Thomas Index Report: Private Label

More B2B buying activity takes place on THOMASNET.com than any other resource on the planet. In fact, a buyer evaluates a supplier every 2 seconds on our platform.

To help buyers and suppliers stay ahead of the latest shifts and emerging trends in the digital industrial economy, we constantly analyze all of the buying activity taking place on the platform. This powerful, proprietary data fuels the Thomas Industrial Index.

Here’s what we’re seeing on the Index this week:

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Thomas Index Report: Printed Circuit Board Sourcing Trends

More B2B buying activity takes place on THOMASNET.com than any other resource on the planet. In fact, a buyer evaluates a supplier every 2 seconds on our platform.

To help buyers and suppliers stay ahead of the latest shifts and emerging trends in the digital industrial economy, we constantly analyze all of the buying activity taking place on the platform. This powerful, proprietary data fuels the Thomas Industrial Index.

Here’s what we’re seeing on the Index this week:

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Thomas Sourcing Trends: Steel

Buyers and engineers evaluate a supplier on THOMASNET.com every 2 seconds. All of that sourcing activity gives us valuable insight on the movements of typical patterns in the industrial market place.

Over the past few months, we've been watching raw material sourcing closely and we've noticed some interesting trends:

—Over the last five weeks we have seen evaluations in "Steel" occur 18% more often than the 77 week average. 
—Last week's activity surged with buyers performing 38% more steel supplier evaluations than normal.
—Concurrently, "Metals" activity surged up over 100% for the last two weeks.

Source Steel Suppliers Now--->

It’s clear that raw material buyers are gearing up to find local sources of supply, but let’s take a look at some possible reasons for this.

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Does THOMASNET.com Really Work?

THOMASNET.com connects active B2B buyers and engineers with 500K+ North American suppliers. If you tried to replicate all of the supplier evaluation activity on the platform that happens in a sinlge month, it would take you 7.5 years - without sleeping. In fact, every 2 seconds, a supplier is evaluated by a buyer on the platform.

So if you are thinking about advertising on THOMASNET.com and are wondering, "Does THOMASNET.com really work?" the answer is, unequivocally, yes!

Of course, we understand that you may still have questions about the results that THOMASNET.com delivers to manufacturers and industrial companies like yours. That's understandable. Let's see what THOMASNET.com customers have to say:

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Why Should I Update To A Responsive Website?

Updating your old website to a responsive design will allow a user to easily access your website content from a single source on desktop, tablet, or mobile device as the design will adjust to the available screen size. This coding and design improvement will increase usability, load time, indexing, and user trust of your website.

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75% of Marketers Agree: Inbound Marketing is the Strategy of Choice


If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that we’re big fans of inbound marketing. You’ve probably also noticed that we typically post content on Fridays to coincide with our Industrial Marketer newsletter. Today is Tuesday. Why are we messing with the flow?

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Who’s Really Influencing the Industrial Buying Process?

If there’s one thing we can all relate to, it’s the drive to succeed in business. It’s behind everything we do at work, and it’s the reason we spend so much time trying to perfect our marketing efforts. But if you don’t really know who you’re marketing to, you might as well just stand on the roof and shout into a megaphone. Sure, people will hear you, but will they be the right people? Probably not.

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Targeting More Leads From The Defense Industry: 4 Common Concerns in the DoD Supply Chain



If you are targeting more business from the defense industry, then you are most likely very familiar with requirements for ISO certifications, ITAR, and First Article Inspection (FAI). After all, you must comply with these to even be considered as a supplier. Today, I wanted to go a bit deeper to discuss 4 common concerns that DoD project focused program managers and buyers have when sourcing a new supplier.

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4 Tips For Your Mobile-Friendly Responsive Design

So, how confused are you over Mobilegeddon?
You know, those pesky changes Google is rolling out on April 21 that will alter search results on smartphones and tablets… And if you’ve been keeping up with the blogs and news stories, you’re likely overwhelmed with advice about responsive design and making your site mobile friendly. But do you know what this algorithm change will really bring?

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